Thursday, January 28, 2021


A Sign of Stupidity

Walter Savage Landor, "Marcus Tullius and Quinctius Cicero," Imaginary Conversations, Vol. II (London: J.M. Dent & Co., 1901), pp. 29-73 (at 55):
There is no more certain sign of a narrow mind, of stupidity, and of arrogance, than to stand aloof from those who think differently from ourselves. If they have weighed the matter in dispute as carefully, it is equitable to suppose that they have the same chance as we have of being in the right; if they have not, we may as reasonably be out of humor with our footman or chairman: he is more ignorant and more careless of it still.

I have seen reason to change the greater part of my opinions. Let me confess to you, Quinctus, we oftener say things because we can say them well, than because they are sound and reasonable.
Footman = pedisequus, chairman = lecticarius.

Ezra Pound, Guide to Kulchur (New York: New Directions, 1970), p. 84:
Landor finding no good conversation had to pretend it had sometimes existed.
Ezra Pound, Literary Essays (New York: New Directions, 1954), p. 344:
A set of Landor's collected works will go further towards civilizing a man than any university education now on the market.

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